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we can add duke university hospital to a national study to find a potential treatment for covid-19. researchers are looking at safety and effectiveness of the failed ebola drug remdesivir. a woman in a clinical trial said she recovered from coronavirus using that drug. social distancing measures have been buying precious time to develop a treatment. but america's top infectious disease expert is now warning we should be ready for a second wave. >> when you look at the inflection of the curves, we now have multiple different
countries that have gone through various phases of their individual outbreaks. and you could learn something from them about where you are in your own outbreak. for example, when china went up, what happened is they just didn't turn around, they went from going to -- i'll just take an arbitrary number -- 500 new cases a day. the next day 1,000 cases. then 1,500. then 2,000. but once the number of new cases each day starts to flatten out, that's when you get to that point where the inflection goes down. so things we want to look for, the things that dr. birx had mentioned, that doesn't mean you declare victory when it does that, but you know you're at least on the way where you want to go. i think that's really very important. the third and final thing that i think gets back to the question that many of you in the audience have asked of us is about, would this possibly become a seasonal, cyclic thing? i've always indicated to you
that i think it very well might. and the reason i say that is that what we're starting to see now in the southern hemisphere, in southern africa, the southern hemisphere countries, is that we're having cases that are appearing, as they go into their winter season, and if in fact they have a substantial outbreak, it will be inevitable that we need to be prepared that we'll get a cycle around the second time. what does that mean for us in what we're doing? it totally emphasizes the need to do what we're doing in developing a vaccine, testing it quickly, and trying to get it ready so that we'll have a vaccine available for that next cycle. in addition, to do the randomized control trials of drugs so that we will have a menu of drugs that we have shown to be effective and shown to be safe. because i know we'll be successful in putting this down now, but we really need to be prepared for another cycle.
and what we're doing, i believe, will prepare us well. thank you. >> dr. fauci, a trusted voice there. a lot of people sit up and listen when he speaks. when he said that yesterday, i know i heard it. >> essentially he's saying even if we flatten the curve, there's a chance that when these southern hemisphere countries start getting the second surge, we may be back at square one. so there's a rush for the vaccine, and we hope it comes very, very soon. coming up, all those viral posts about the coronavirus flying around social media. >> but are they true? our own diane macedo goes on a myth-busting mission. on a misbusting mission.
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to treat coronavirus, how to kill coronavirus, even how to test for coronavirus. the problem? many of them simply aren't true. like this viral post claiming drinking water every 15 minutes will flush the virus into your stomach where acid will kill it. the truth? >> so that myth doesn't really pan out, because it's more of a digestive answer for a respiratory problem. >> reporter: another viral post claims specifically drinking warm water is effective against the virus. >> i think that people have come up with this possibility because there has been some discussion over the virus replicating in our throats. but again, this virus is a respiratory virus. >> reporter: instead of drinking water, this post falsely claims gargling with saltwater or vinegar eliminates the virus. >> short answer is, no. but i found that people who have sore threats, which can be a symptom of the covid-19 virus, find that this helps relieve their sore threats.
and if that's the case, go for it. >> reporter: some on youtube suggest drinking miracle mineral solution, mms, which is essentially chlorine dioxide. >> it kills every pathogen, including the coronavirus. >> reporter: the fda warns ingesting these products is the same as drinking bleach and has caused serious and potentially life-threatening side effects. what if you want to know if you have the virus? one post mentions you must have a dry cough and no runny nose. but our own kaylee hartung, who tested positive for the virus, explains that's also not true. >> it really all started with a runny nose about a week ago, and that was four days after i'd returned from a week spent in seattle. what was notable to me was that i wasn't having the symptoms that were being so closely associated with coronavirus. i wasn't having any sort of a dry cough. i didn't have any shortness of breath. i didn't feel any pressure on my chest. so it was easy for me at first to think, this is nothing, this is not something to be concerned about.
>> as an emergency physician, i've seen people come in with all types of symptoms, including lack of smell, diarrhea. so the short answer is, each person will probably have different symptoms to the covid-19 virus, many of which will probably be mild. >> reporter: another post falsely claims you're not infected if you can hold your breath for more than 10 seconds without coughing. >> only some patients are presenting with a cough. so i would advise people not to hold their breath. if you find that you have symptoms that are similar to a flu or cold, at this point in time, just assume that you have covid-19 and self-isolate yourself. >> reporter: so with so much information out there, how do you spot a fake? our partners at first draft news advise asking yourself how the message makes you feel. does it make you want to buy something? like, share, or subscribe? does it make you fear or hate someone? do you find it funny or shocking? each of these can serve as a warning that you may be looking at misinformation.
whenever possible, get your info from a vetted medical source like the cdc, world health organization, or the national institutes of health. one more thing you can do is check the supposed source of the information. one of the posts we mentioned claims to come from stanford hospital. but if you go to stanford's facebook page, you see this message. the post did not come from stanford medicine. if you have questions about covid-19, go straight to a reputable source or ask your doctor. if you're not sure if something's true, don't share it. >> our thanks to diane. they also found robitussin doesn't help either. doesn't fix everything. >> it's easy to say, how can you believe if you hold your breath for 10 seconds you don't have coronavirus? but in times of uncertainty people have their guard down, believe misinformation. especially if someone you trust shared it -- >> your mom. >> oh mama. vicks vaporub.
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businesses, including hard-hit restaurants, to donate fresh meals to the elderly. and this act of kindness springing up in wausau, wisconsin. three businesses donating fresh flowers to decorate the downtown. these flowers would have otherwise been thrown away in this crisis. a local photographer says it's a way to bring a sense of normalcy. and happy birthday, miss lillian, a chicago native turning 100 years old and her family wanting to make sure she celebrated the milestone. so she gathered outside her home to sing and to pray. lillian standing at the window happy to spend a little time with her family. >> thanks, "grey's anatomy." >> reporter: paging meredith grey. donating a truck full of medical supplies, masks and gowns, to hospitals at the university of southern california. and down in texas' capital, the normally bustling sixth street
is boarded up. but some artists committed to keeping austin weird and keeping spirits up. >> locking down sixth street, seeing everything closed up, is really odd. it's like a ghost town. so to have positive messages and art just makes people feel more of a community and safer and happier. >> reporter: meanwhile in new york, 50 cars lining up to celebrate the 5th birthday party at an appropriate social distance of little emma pfeiffer, the first birthday since her dad passed away of cancer. folks showing up to support in the best way they know how. one of the other silver linings? more folks than ever heading to animal shelters to adopt. north shore animal league america, where i got archie here, telling me adoptions and fosters are up. but they still need more help, which is where you guys might come in, kenneth and mona. i think you could use a furry friend. >> i've been waiting for an archie appearance for the last two days, we finally got it. >> i've been saying i'm going to do a lot of things after this pandemic. my whole life is going to be changed.
this morning on "world news now," the coronavirus has killed more than 1,000 americans. >> that grim milestone coming just a few hours ago as areas beyond new york, california, and washington see an increase in cases. in manhattan, a temporary morgue being set up just in case. breaking overnight, the senate passes a $2.2 trillion rescue bill. how soon could americans get checks? a small sign social distancing could actually be working, but what are the chances of a second outbreak? the nation's top infectious disease expert how to prepare for that. luxury hotels to starbucks. making things a bit easier for those on the frontlines. it's thursday, march 26th.
good morning, everyone. we really need those silver linings when we're dealing with this pandemic. >> we definitely do. you have to think, a lot of the people on the frontlines, nurses, the medical staff, they need coffee too. they need to stay up. >> they need all the luxury-type things we can give them because they are fighting quite the fight. we do begin on the heels of the deadliest day of the coronavirus outbreak in the u.s. >> in one week we've gone from 7,700 confirmed cases to more than 65,000. the death toll now topping 1,000 after jumping by more than 200 in a single day. new orleans is among the hot spots for covid-19 across the country weeks after revelers converged on the city for mardi gras. the virus is also spreading alarmingly fast in places like detroit and overwhelming hospitals in atlanta. >> in new york city, the u.s. epicenter, they're running out of hospital beds, ventilators are in short supply, and a peak
in the number of cases may be three weeks away. abc's tom llamas has the details. >> reporter: a grim sign this pandemic is far from over. teams setting up a makeshift morgue outside of new york's bellevue hospital. something they did during 9/11 and hurricane sandy. at one hospital alone, 13 people dying in just 24 hours. the hospital saying the virus is taking a terrible toll. one sliver of hope, extreme social distancing measures may be working. the rate of hospitalization slowing slightly. >> this is a very good sign and a positive sign. again, i'm not 100% sure it holds or it's accurate, but the arrows are headed in the right direction. >> reporter: but governor cuomo says we're still weeks away from hitting the peak in new york city, a scenario which could collide with the president's new timeline, proposing to ease restrictions by easter sunday.
that's april 12th. new york the epicenter in the u.s. still in need of more space and more supplies. four field hospitals under way. and still a need for those critical life-saving devices, ventilators. the governor announcing 11,000 are on the way, but he needs a total of 30,000. cuomo saying they may do what italy did, split the ventilator. one device, two patients. >> we're exploring splitting, where one ventilator could do two patients. italy has had to do this because they were forced to do it. >> reporter: in woodbridge, new jersey, more than 90 residents had to be transferred from an outbreak inside this nursing home. new hot zones now popping up across the country. disaster declarations for texas and louisiana. in new orleans, mardi gras, just weeks ago, a celebration with massive crowds and days of partying may be one reason the coronavirus is now spreading faster here than anywhere else
on the planet. >> my ems department, over 50% of my people are now on quarantine. the state can no longer go on without additional -- without federal assistance at this time. >> reporter: and for the army of americans working to keep up with the new surge in home deliveries, cases of the virus now reported in nine amazon warehouses. as for that temporary morgue we mentioned in our report, it's just behind bellevue hospital here in new york city. we do want to make it clear, though, right now there are no deceased patients inside of this temporary morgue. there are five morgues throughout the city, none of them are at or near capacity. but health officials say right now this is a public health crisis. there's a state of emergency, and they have to be ready just like they were after 9/11 and hurricane sandy. reporting from the east side of manhattan, tom llamas, abc news, new york. breaking overnight, the senate has unanimously approved a historic $2 trillion stimulus
package to ease the economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak. legislation is also expected to pass in the house, clearing the way for direct payments to start going out to americans within three weeks. abc's alex presha reports from washington. >> reporter: congress still working to pass the biggest economic relief bill in american history. >> a fight has arrived at our shores. we did not seek it. we did not want it. but now we're going to win it. >> reporter: the deal would give people earning $75,000 or less a $1,200 check plus $500 per child. those earning up to $99,000 would get a smaller check. >> help is on the way. big help. quick help. >> reporter: the bill allows people to receive unemployment benefits up to 39 weeks. the norm is 26. the size of that unemployment check would go up $600 for four months. the bill also includes a $367 billion loan program for small businesses who do not lay off their workers. that could be a much-needed
lifeline for scott's production company. >> we went from projecting a couple of million of income in the near future to zero in under a week. >> reporter: big businesses would benefit too. $500 billion earmarked for large corporations hard hit. airlines, hotels. there's also more than $100 billion for hospitals and health care systems. and money to help states offset their losses. alex presha, abc news, washington. the pentagon has ordered a freeze on all u.s. troops and defense department civilians overseas for the next 60 days. that order means about 90,000 troops scheduled to deploy or return home will stay put the next two months. "the wall street journal" reports that two more sailors aboard the "uss roosevelt" in the pacific have tested positive for coronavirus. three had tested positive earlier this week. another sobering headline, the nation's top infectious disease expert says it's likely we'll be dealing with the coronavirus for an extended period of time.
dr. anthony fauci says outbreaks could become a seasonal thing. >> what we're starting to see now in the southern hemisphere, southern africa, in the southern hemisphere countries, is that we're having cases that are appearing, as they go into their winter season, and if in fact they have a substantial outbreak, it will be inevitable that we need to be prepared that we'll get a cycle around the second time. >> dr. fauci says that's why developing a vaccine that can be available for the next cycle is critical. he also says safe and effective drugs to fight the virus need to be created. today the cdc releases new guidelines on social distancing in national parks. they've seen more visitors with americans staying home. meantime, on a local level, new york city is removing basketball hoops from parks to discourage large groups from getting together for games. an 11-year-old in kansas has found a way to stay active with his school shut down and make it
into the record books. >> trevor christensen and his pogo stick have bounced their way to a world record. in more than two hours he hopped 12,000 times, beating the old mark by 500. he said he did it because he missed his school friends and he was bored. mom and dad still have to get that mark certified. i wonder was it a case where all the kids are inside right now and their parents are like, go outside, just go outside. >> right. but i feel like -- i love that his parents are supportive, or at least i'm assuming, because my mom would have lost it if i was bouncing up and down and up and down on the driveway. >> again -- >> if she could see my head from the kitchen window, she would have been done. >> i don't see his parents anywhere in this video. they're like, go outside, get on the pogo stick. >> now that i'm thinking about it they probably would be like, hey, go beat a record, keep yourself busy. coming up, how starbucks is treating first responders on the coronavirus frontlines. >> how those on the frontlines of the nation's hospitals are taking steps to protect themselves. our own medical expert weighs in
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his office says it's unclear who may have infected the heir to the throne because he had a busy public schedule earlier this month. 71-year-old charles is said to be showing only mild symptoms. his mother the queen remains in good health. back here at home, a frightening portrait of just who is getting infected is beginning to come into focus, and that portrait is basically anybody. abc's karina mitchell joins us with more. karina, good morning. >> good morning to you. the number of covid-19 cases continue to rise here at home and globally. there is a false sense of security among some that disease can't infect them. the misconception has led many to emergency rooms. chicago resident michael bain knows firsthand that the virus shouldn't be underestimated. >> it feels like you're getting beat up all the time. then the coughing becomes pretty violent, just exacerbates the pain in your body. >> reporter: the 42-year-old
thought he was immune because he wasn't high risk. by the time he got to the e.r., he didn't think he would make it. all across the country the chilling accounts are eerily similar in how quickly the disease can strike and how varied the symptoms are. a woman in her 40s, active until the virus colonized her lungs. >> i was at the gym working out. and then fever and nausea kicked in. >> one thing i did notice that changed, i completely lost my sense of smell. >> patients are coming in commonly with many different complaints, but most often fever, cough, shortness of breath. i think the thing that's really interesting is patients are also coming in with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, which isn't something we would expect with respiratory illnesses. >> reporter: in new jersey, an alarming new cluster of victims. 94 nursing home residents evacuated after several patients and staff tested positive for the disease. now an urgent warning from the son of the first man in milwaukee to die from complications of the virus.
>> i seen the jokes, the memes. but when it hits home, it has to stop and we got to think. >> reporter: looking back, bain wished the federal government had taken the virus more seriously earlier on. >> had there been calls a couple of weeks sooner, i probably would have been home already i would have never been out and about catching this. i wouldn't have been at work for seven days asymptomatic, exposing hundreds of people to it. >> reporter: overnight we learned of another victim, floyd cardoz, world-renowned chef, died from complications of coronavirus. he was 59 years old. mona, kenneth? >> karina, thank you so much. the faces of this and all the victims. we're thinking about all the people who are impacted by this coronavirus. and that chef there, that celebrity chef, quite a person.
when he won that big cooking show, "top chef masters," he used his winnings, over $100,000, to support the young scientist cancer research fund at mt. sinai. >> he was the first chef born in india to lead an influential new york city kitchen. he is being mourned by the restaurant community. a lot of chefs as well sending their condolences to his family. definitely a big loss in that community. >> yes, we're talking about a celebrity chef, but we also know there are everyday folks, moms, dads, sisters, brothers, grandfathers, grandmothers, who have lost their lives to this coronavirus. so i feel like the researchers, everyone, we all owe it to them to learn from the mistakes of this pandemic and also find a vaccine. >> do our part as well. >> and do our part, definitely. coming up next half hour, how grocery stores in some parts of the country are adding a new layer of protection. first, a medical expert weighs in this morning on just how well america is now doing on testing for the coronavirus. something great from mr. clean.
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♪ with the death toll from the coronavirus in the u.s. now crossing the 1,000 mark, hospitals are crushing under an influx of critical patients. earlier i spoke with dr. imran ali, a specialist in hospital medicine at the university of connecticut center on aging. dr. ali, what's happening right now inside the hospitals in the new york area? what are you seeing, what are you learning? >> in one of the most populated areas in new york city, queens, the elmhurst area of queens, we're seeing icus filling up today, especially with younger people, unexpectedly. we're seeing people in their 40s. although we are seeing some elderly patients, we're seeing, from what i'm hearing, my colleagues telling me, we're seeing a lot more people who are actually younger. >> we are still hearing of test results taking days. president trump says testing in the u.s. is better. so is it? >> it is definitely better than it was before now that the cdc's
not only working, we have private testing companies. in the last eight days we have gotten at least 300,000 tests according to the covid tracking project. >> on testing, the president says we're outperforming south korea, which has been a model. he's right on the amount but the president's comments appear to be misleading since the u.s. population is more than six times the size of south korea's. >> right. exactly, kenneth. the population of korea is 51.5 million, versus the united states, 312 million. and yes, the koreans did a very good job at testing. but we are definitely improving with 300,000 tests since march 16th. we have to really look at the greater picture and the percentage really matters here. we still don't have the prevalence of how this virus is circulating in our communities here in the united states.
>> and some extraordinary reports coming in washington state which is now considering a blanket dnr order, do not resuscitate, on the sickest covid-19 patients. your thoughts? >> well, this is very common with contagious diseases. this happened also with ebola. when we want to code, as we call it, where a patient's going into cardiac arrest, you're performing cpr, people rush into the room rapidly, and it is a scene that sometimes is chaotic and there's not enough time to put protective clothing on. so there's a high chance of getting infected, especially for health care workers. by the time we do get our protective gear on, it's often too late anyway. so some people are suggesting that we make patients who are infectious dnr. i want to make sure people understand. dnr does not mean do not treat. they would get full treatment. it would just mean if their heart were to stop for any reason, such as cardiac arrest, we would not perform the cpr or invasive procedures to bring them back. >> when a person hears do not
resuscitate during this pandemic, they think the worst automatically. is that just the reality where we are right now with this? >> well, we are at a point now where a lot of the sick people that we're seeing in the icus are being ventilated, but we're also seeing some instances of cardiac arrest which are so severe that we can't bring them back anyway. so that's why a lot of health care workers are thinking about possibly initiating a dnr, because we can protect the health care workers. because during a resuscitation attempt, it can be very messy, and it can be very -- a very good chance for health care workers to get infected, simply because there's not enough time to put on protective gear while the patient is acutely decompensating. >> one important point, he cautioned people about going to the e.r. when you think you might have some symptoms. call your primary care physician
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themselves as those frontline first responders for the covid outbreak. you've got to have i.d., something showing you are that person. you can take advantage of some free hot or iced coffee, no cost. four seasons also, we know how luxurious that hotel chain is, they're saying they're giving doctors, nurses, other medical personnel, they're going to let them stay free of charge to get a good night's rest after working long shifts or whatever like that. >> i bet a number of them come from far places to work in the city. >> right, exactly. living in the suburbs, working in the city. hertz is giving nyc health care workers free car rentals during this epidemic as well. >> very important as schedules change as well. another newspaper lending a helping hand out of walden, colorado. in march, march 19th, their edition of the local newspaper, guess what, they put a little tp in there.
>> no they didn't. >> yeah, they had a section that also turned into a sheet of toilet paper for anyone -- >> wait, i don't know if that's -- that's not charmin. >> it ain't charmin. >> that's not the soft stuff. >> that's not even dollar store. >> desperate times call for desperate measures. >> i'm going to help out the ladies and gentlemen who live in new york. the whole foods at bryant park, you guys have toilet paper, thank you. yesterday when i saw it -- >> you went early, you get off work and went there. >> i did, there's no line. usually there's a line at the door, but i found toilet paper. i'm not out, which i guess i'm kind of hoarding. >> you're telling all your business right now. >> listen, we're all hoarding toilet paper, ain't no shame in my game. the animals have taken over the zoos and aquariums. we showed you that video last week of the penguins. now we've got a fox that's on the run there in this zoo in chattanooga. it is fast. because they're just letting them roam. they've got to be free. oh, we've got that melbourne zoo keeper in australia, mona. >> he is busting a move. my biggest question is where did
let's see how our teams are doing so far -- team 1? we just got 100 points. we separated our raw food from our cooked food. team 2? we got a 100-point green card for proper hand washing before our meal prep. referee: we've reached a critical safety point in the challenge. okay, team 1, let's check this out. uh-oh, not a safe internal temperature for those hamburgers. that puts everyone at high risk for food-borne illness. you get a red card -- undercooked. always read and follow the package cooking instructions and use a food thermometer. let's see how our winning team cooked it safe and avoided problems. well, i just kept focus on the four food safety steps -- clean, separate, cook, and chill. and we followed the package cooking instructions and took the temperature. can you cook it safe?
this morning on "world news now," the morgue being set up in new york as cases of coronavirus soar. more than 1,000 deaths in the u.s. and counting. hot spots emerging across the country, including new orleans. breaking news from capitol hill where the senate has passed a massive stimulus bill. why checks may take longer to receive for some taxpayers. on the frontlines, the hospital that is overwhelmed. 13 deaths in one day. the doctor sleeping in a tent to avoid infecting his family. we hear from the nurses who try to save some of the country's first victims. in the quarantine kitchen, there are no rules. first-time cooks sharing their first-time fails. >> we talk to the experts who might be able to save these culinary novices. the advice for everyone cooking in quarantine. it's thursday, march 26th.
hm, okay. so butter's good. >> uh-huh. >> salt is good. >> uh-huh. all spices are good. >> use them all. >> yes. >> toss them right in there. >> there you go. >> we can't wait to tell you about that to help you out when it comes to the cooking. we do have to start with this grim milestone. coronavirus pandemic claims more than 120,000 lives. >> 27 states have shut down nonessential businesses with colorado becoming the latest to issue a statewide stay-at-home order. the u.s. death toll surpassing 1,000 after surging by more than 200 in just one day. so far more than 432,000 covid-19 tests have been conducted nationwide as officials work on conducting more. >> as many americans are forced to stay at home, california has seen over 1 million unemployment claims in the past two weeks. here in new york the governor says social distancing appears
to be working. marci gonzalez has more. >> reporter: this makeshift morgue set up outside of new york's bellevue hospital as medical facilities across the country prepare for the worst. >> number of infections that have been coming in, 80% still self-resolved, about 15% of the people who test positive require hospitalization. >> reporter: new york's governor saying they don't expect the number of covid-19 cases to peak for about three weeks, adding that hospital beds and equipment are still in short supply. >> we're exploring splitting, where one ventilator could do two patients. >> reporter: in new york city, 46% of reported cases are in 18 to 44-year-olds. >> can you slow the rate of infection? yes. how do you know? look at what we did in westchester.
that was the hottest cluster in the united states of america. we closed the schools, we closed gatherings, we brought in testing. and we have dramatically slowed the increase. >> reporter: the pandemic impacting people of all ages. prince charles among the growing number of people around the world testing positive for this novel coronavirus. the 71-year-old's symptoms said to be mild. a 17-year-old boy from outside of los angeles now believed to potentially be the youngest person in the country to have died after contracting the virus. the cdc is still looking into his cause of death. >> people have got to stay home. i am not going to lose another child in this city. >> reporter: in san diego, two infants testing positive. doctors explaining the symptoms patients are experiencing from this virus can vary. >> most often either cough and shortness of breath. i think the thing that's really interesting is patients are also coming in with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, which isn't something we would expect with these respiratory illnesses.
>> reporter: hospitalization rates have slowed since this weekend in new york city. leaders believe that could be a sign that social distancing is working. marci gonzalez, abc news, los angeles. >> that would be some good news, marci, thank you. she mentioned the drop in new york's hospitalization rates. that didn't stop mayor bill de blasio from saying he expects the city's virus situation to be worse in april than this month. the city seems to be queens, one doctor called the scene in the emergency room apocalyptic. more ahead from there this half hour. one statistic that may surprise you, the state of louisiana now has the third highest rate of coronavirus cases per capita in the u.s. the virus has killed 65 people there so far and cases are confirmed in most of the state's 64 parishes. former homeland security adviser tom bossert says he's especially
worried about new orleans which has emerged as a major hot spot. >> it seems to have what the doctors are calling a lot of seeding. i keep thinking of these as embers, little hot embers that have been planted around new orleans for some time. it takes awhile for them to catch fire. we're starting to see evidence in new orleans of those little embers turning into higher, more troublesome reporting. that's going to turn into that kind of exponential curve that we see. that will be problematic because they don't have the resources of new york. >> researchers say data had been suggesting that warmer, more humid conditions could slow the virus, but now they say the surge of cases in new orleans and other cities like atlanta could signal multiple new hot spots emerging all at once, which can overwhelm hospitals. breaking overnight, the senate has passed a massive $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package that would put cash in the hands of most americans in a matter of weeks. a big chunk of money will go to
businesses struggling to recover from the impact of the outbreak. abc's jonathan karl has the details. >> a fight has arrived at our shores. we did not seek it. we did not want it. but now we're going to win it. >> reporter: as part of the $2 trillion deal, people earning $75,000 a year or less will get a $1,200 check plus $500 per child. those earning up to $99,000 a year will get a smaller check. >> help is on the way. big help. quick help. >> reporter: for elizabeth mejia, a waitress in los angeles, it's not a moment too soon. >> i need to know i'm going to be okay, and so will my kids be, if we were to get sick right now. >> reporter: under the bill people would receive unemployment benefits up to 39 weeks instead of 26. the size of an unemployment check would go up by $600 for four months. there's also help for small businesses. diane and lily own a flower shop in north carolina.
>> we've had probably 20-plus events cancel or postpone. a lot of weddings. >> reporter: the bill includes a $367 billion loan program for small businesses who do not lay off their workers. and $500 billion for large corporations in hard-hit industries like airlines and hotels. there's also more than $100 billion in aid for hospitals and health care systems. and money to help the states offset their losses. jonathan karl, abc news, washington. >> thank you, jonathan. people who have signed up for direct deposit with their federal tax return could see their payments within the next three weeks. others will have to wait longer to receive their checks by mail. more governors and local officials are telling outsiders to stay away. beach communities in new jersey and on long island are seeing more virus cases so they're telling owners of summer homes to keep away. south carolina and maryland are the latest states saying visitors must quarantine for two weeks. even ski towns in the sierra nevada are telling travelers
also to stay away. we know shelter in place rules around the country have inspired lots of online creativity for people stuck at home. >> check out the coronavirus lockdown fashion show. you better work. a man in texas named elias has showed off his best quarantine style complete with runway music. ♪ >> what do you have? oh, nice little outfit to run outside and grab those items. make sure he has his gloves on so he doesn't bring no rona home. >> have a little accent on it. >> doing it, elias. >> he is fierce. captioned, quarantine showcase for my outfits i'll be rocking from home for lockdown 2020. please tag us in your work from home outfit of the day fashion runway shows. >> i'm okay with #coronavirusstircrazy. people are doing the most.
>> you can do coronavirus hair lines too, because they be messed up, okay, guys. >> if people didn't know americans were extra before, you know now, we're all types of extra. we got to do what we got to do to stay sane, right? coming up, colossal cooking fails in the quarantine kitchen. plus cardi b goes on a coronavirus rant. what she had to say about the unequal access to testing. but first on the frontlines of the outbreak. inside one hospital that is already overrun with coronavirus patients.
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most have been providing wipes to clean off shopping carts. but now some are adding plexiglass shields at checkout counters. when plexiglass isn't available this drugstore decided to hang plastic sheeting. across the country hospitals are buckling under the strain of a flood of critically ill patients. here in new york city which is now considered america's epicenter of the covid-19 outbreak, one hospital in particular is rapidly approaching the breaking point. this morning a rare look inside a new york city hospital at doctors and nurses fighting to save lives. >> all the people you see, they all have covid. >> reporter: elmhurst hospital in queens is now overrun with coronavirus patients. 13 people died from the virus at the hospital in just 24 hours. >> today is kind of getting worse and worse. we had to get a refrigerated truck to store the bodies of patients who are dying. >> reporter: dr. colleen smith is giving "the new york times" access to the hospital's
emergency department where doctors call the scene apocalyptic. >> the anxiety of the situation is really overwhelming. >> reporter: dr. smith says patients are coming in for other ailments only to discover they too are infected with the virus. >> if someone in a car accident gets brought in, we get a ct scan of them and their lungs look like they have coronavirus. we're seeing a lot of patients who probably had covid, but we didn't realize. >> reporter: across the country in washington state, we are hearing from the first nurses to be on the frontlines. >> it was like a tidal wave. >> reporter: these four women work at kirkland life care center outside seattle where an outbreak started back in february. 35 residents at the facility died from the virus. >> i was talking to my regional nurse to check on her and see how she's doing. i told her, i said, i felt like i was chasing the devil. and she said she had chills because she said she was just getting ready to say the same thing. >> reporter: first responders from coast to coast are now
experiencing the same nightmare. fighting a virus they know little about, while trying to keep themselves and their families safe. this doctor in california is now sleeping in a tent in his garage to avoid contact with his family. >> allow first responders to assist those most in need. >> reporter: in new york, first responders released this video asking people to only call 911 in a real emergency. after 236 members of the nypd tested positive. more than 3,000 members of the force are sick. that's triple the normal sick rate. as for dr. smith, she shares this warning -- >> i don't really care if i get in trouble for speaking to the media. i want people to know that this is bad. people are dying. we don't have the tools that we need in the emergency department and in the hospital to take care of them. >> thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, dr. colleen, and all those doctors, nurses, medical professions.
and when it comes to beds, new york is working furiously to create enough space. we know the javits center convention center they are making into a makeshift hospital. we don't want to see the scenes we showed in italy where people were lying on the floor in hospitals. >> it was definitely a very hard sight to see. we hear repeated calls from governor cuomo saying, we need more supplies, we need more hospital beds. he is stressing new york is set to run out soon and it's a very harsh reality we're facing. >> dire situation. when we come back, the celebrities who are opening up their hearts and wallets during this emergency. and cardi b's coronavirus rant that's now charting as a song. "the skinny" is next. "the skinny" is next.
so we were able to stay together. we're strong and, if we overcame that or if we can overcome that, we can overcome anything, so. [ sniffle ] ♪ skinny just gimme the skinny ♪ skinny just gimme the skinny "skinny" time starting with celebrities opening their wallets. >> yeah, with so many people sharing their stressful stories on social media about losing their jobs, a-listers, they're paying attention. taylor swift, for example, has
stunned at least two fans with cash gifts of $3,000 each. one, a cocktail waitress in orlando. the other, a music photographer and graphic artist here in new york city. >> this comes as billionaire reality tv star and makeup mogul kylie jenner donates $1 million for the purchase of desperately needed medical personal protective equipment. you got to step it up there, celebrities, and help out. got the money. thank you for giving. >> you can't forget rihanna, she also made a huge donation as well. >> i love rihanna. next to the rocket man himself coming to the rescue. >> elton john is planning to host a virtual all-star benefit special aimed at helping provide both relief and entertainment to millions of americans locked down in their homes. >> performers will include the backstreet boys, mariah carey, and tim mcgraw streamed from their personal cellphones. i hope they got the iphone deluxe 11. >> and not the flip phone 1. mariah carey, i got to tune in.
the one-hour commercial-free iheart living room for america is set to air sunday night. >> what about the back street boys? >> mariah carey. >> tim mcgraw? i love some tim mcgraw. >> me too. faith hill is going to make a special appearance, i'm going to call it now. turning to your spirit animal. >> cardi b is fired up hosting a video on the gram with a few choice words. she rants against the speed of coronavirus test results for the rich and famous. she said, i don't like it like that, and she railed against fellow celebrities who are retreating into their mansions. >> where do they think they're sending people home to? not everybody have the luxury to go into their [ bleep ] bedroom and [ bleep ] big house and stay away from people. people live in small apartments with multiple people -- >> cardi is channeling her fellow bronx friend j. lo, she said, don't be fooled by the
rocks that i got, she still cardi from the block. cardi pointed out, so many americans don't even have the money for health care. >> in the meantime, another coronavirus rant by cardi has landed on the billboard chart. i know everybody's seen this one. a deejay remixed the rant into a song called "coronavirus." there it is. due to the language, we cannot play it for you here on "world news now." >> google it. >> check it out on your own. the memes of it, the use of the coronavirus. >> coronavirus! >> we could at least have done that, guys. then it would be stuck in your head all morning. >> oh, but first missy elliott posted this graphic on instagram as a public service announcement about staying home, but with a twist. so if you look carefully, go ahead, kenneth. >> uh-huh? >> what she said? >> she said -- there it is. ♪ before you go out in public, ask yourself, is it worth it, can i
work it, can i put my thing down, flip it and reverse it? i like it. ♪ hey, another celebrity in self-isolation again has shared a video of what not to do while under the influence. >> yeah, pink has shared this video of what she calls her drunk haircut. >> the 40-year-old pop star admitted that she gets ideas when she's drunk, and her latest idea was, quote, i can cut hair, i can totally cut hair, why have i been paying people all this time? >> you guys, the cardinal rule of drinking is, don't text your ex. don't drive. and please don't cut your hair. >> yeah. she should see our piece. was that like yesterday? >> that was yesterday. kenneth has been cutting his own hair, you guys. >> i have. >> it's rough. >> how'd i do? >> remember yesterday when you said, i should let it grow, turn into george jefferson? >> i did say that. >> lord, we need to see it. coming up, helping you with
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we're getting a different one, we're getting a different one. >> reporter: welcome to the quarantine kitchen where katy sealy is finding her own recipe for success. like so many others these days, making it up as she goes. >> this is probably another quarter cup of honey. whoa! >> reporter: katy actually doing a lot better than others who are trying to cook for the very first time while isolating. this lemon tart had such promise. until it didn't. this day four quarantine pasta looks almost like a lasagna. and this wannabe baker attempted grandma's caramelized plantains -- without plantains. amateur chefs feeling the heat as they use their kitchens for the first time ever. especially tiffany, who managed to explode her cookware on day one of her quarantine. luckily culinary veterans offering their advice. >> welcome, i'm julia child.
>> reporter: on social media. like "queer eye's" antoni porowski. >> "cooking in quarantine" episode 5. >> reporter: the biggest mistake we quarantine chefs are making? >> underseasoning. it happens all the time. people get really stressed out but that is such an easy way to make sure the flavors you're going for are spot on. >> reporter: he says don't let yourself get too heated. >> it's about just coming together, breaking bread together, sharing the experience, and at the end of the day we just hope it really tastes good. >> okay, so chef john says if all else fails, use your leftover ingredients from dinner to make a quarantine cocktail. he used leftovers from the hawaiian pizza pineapple to make a pineapple quarantini. >> the dishes that i saw i would never be able to recover from
breaking news in america this morning, apocalyptic, that's the word being used to describe conditions inside this new york city hospital where 13 people have died from the coronavirus in one day. this morning, an er doctor describes what she's seen. one top doctor calling the war against this virus the humanitarian mission of our lifetimes. >> i felt like i was chasing the devil. this morning the growing concern in the south with a spike in cases from louisiana to rural georgia. a celebrity chef who had a fever just a few days ago is now among the patients who lost their lives. this morning we hear from more survivors including one in her 40s, the symptoms she first experienced. and breaking overnight, new action in congress.